Laura Cassidy, PhD

  • Director, Surgical Clinical Outcomes Registries & Research
  • Associate professor, Pediatric Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin




  • Surgery

Research interests

  • Anesthesia
  • behavioral health
  • biostatistics
  • birthmarks and vascular anomalies
  • Scoliosis
  • clinical effectiveness and outcomes
  • community health and prevention
  • critical illnesses
  • Otitis media
  • environmental health
  • health disparities
  • kidney diseases/urological disorders
  • language/learning disabilities
  • pain management/palliative care
  • asthma
  • surgery
  • trauma
  • injury and violence

Study interests

  • Pediatric surgery
  • trauma
  • outcomes
  • clinical effectiveness research
  • biostatistics
  • epidemiology
  • public health


  • Doctorate, Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, 2000
  • Masters of Science, biostatistics, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, 1993

Education and Awards



  • Co-author Pediatric Specialty Award (awarded for best scientific abstract), 2004
  • Co-author Best-in-Training Award (awarded for best abstract and presentation) section on Transport Medicine, AAP National Conference, 2004

Research and publications


  • The Impact of Pediatric Trauma Centers on the Outcome of Injured Children in Ohio, NIH NICHD, principal investigator, 2013–2015
  • A National Evaluation of Leadership Styles and Outcomes in Local Health Departments, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Public Health Services and Systems Research, principal investigator, 2013-2015
  • PhD Program in Public and Community Health, Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin, principal investigator, 2011-2014